Since 1963, the Belle of Louisville has taken nearly 7 million people for a cruise on the Ohio River. The Belle is America's last true Mississippi river steamboat still in operation, and she is preparing to celebrate her 100th birthday in October 2014, a feat never achieved by any other river steamboat in the United States. She is a national historic landmark, and is currently located in downtown Louisville, KY. Using our world travel planner, Louisville attractions like Belle of Louisville Riverboats can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
Belle of Louisville Riverboats Reviews
It's been a long time since I've been in town for either Thanksgiving or Christmas and my husband suggested that we eat out and this nugget came very late into October so most restaurants or other... more »
It was a cloudy day when we went but it was still an interesting and enjoyable ride. We went as sightseers instead of getting the buffet but still had access to the snack bar. Did not go on the... more »
We took a dinner cruise on the Mary Miller which is right next to the Belle of Louisville but slightly smaller. There was plenty of parking, it cost $3. The dinner was decent; served buffet style with salad, roast beef, fried chicken, green beans, pasta salad, potatoes, rolls and cake for dessert. There were several beverages to choose from including lemonade, coffee, tea and water. There was also a well stocked bar, though that did cost extra. I enjoyed the paddle boat punch, a delicious rum punch served in a souvenir glass. The decor in the main dining room was a bit dark and very dated (think late 80s) but it did have some nice touches in the beautiful ceilings and old iron railings. The best part of the cruise by far was the gorgeous view of the river. It was so peaceful and relaxing to sit outside on the deck and watch the river go by. Though there was some dancing in the main dining hall during the cruise if thats more your speed. All in all, we had a great time. I think its definitely worth doing the whole dinner or lunch cruise at least once. If I were to do it again, I'd probably visit one of the more updated restaurants in downtown Louisville then purchase the sightseeing ticket which doesn't include dining.
The Crew were friendly and the boat was really clean. The food at the buffet was okay, but not what you might expect. You may want to sneak in your own desert, as theirs was mediocre at best. The pricing was also very reasonable. Overall, it was a great experience and in my opinion, the only way to truly enjoy Thunder of Louisville.
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